- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A new poll shows more New Jersey businesses are optimistic about adding workers next year, but many have doubts about their long-term future in the state.

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s annual business outlook survey found half of respondents anticipate increased sales and profits next year. But more than 60 percent say they wouldn’t open another location in New Jersey.

Businesses say they are bracing for increased costs due to taxes and health care for employees. Eight of 10 businesses surveyed say they expect health benefit costs to rise in 2016.

The survey was based on more than 1,100 responses from businesses in the state. Most of those had fewer than 25 employees.

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